Minister Griffin announces a further Dormant Accounts funding for Sport and Physical Activity Measures

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin TD today announced a further investment package of €1.5 million in Dormant Accounts funding for sport.

Today’s investment follows the announcement of €2.9 million in Dormant Accounts funding for sport in November. This investment is being allocated to National Physical Activity Plan measures for disadvantaged communities and will be administered by Sport Ireland.

Announcing the investment, Minister Griffin said: “I am delighted to announce a further investment of €1.5 million through the Dormant Accounts Fund which will support the delivery of a comprehensive programme of initiatives under the National Physical Activity Plan. My department has worked with Sport Ireland to ensure that all projects are providing opportunities to those who might not otherwise engage in sport and physical activity. We are already seeing the impact of the comprehensive programme of funding announced last month. Through these initiatives being rolled out by the Local Sports Partnership Network and the National Governing Bodies for Sport, more people with disabilities and those from socially, economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds are being given more opportunities and encouraged to participate in regular physical activity and sport.”

Among the initiatives being announced today are four new Community Sport and Physical Activity Hubs (CSPAH), along with support for innovative new projects such as outdoor recreation programmes for disadvantaged communities and research into the needs of young women to take up leadership roles in sport.

Kieran Mulvey, Chairman of Sport Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is a welcome one for National Governing Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships who have been successful in their applications for funding under this initiative. Projects funded under previous rounds of the Dormant Accounts Fund have borne positive results and it is a credit to the funded bodies that these projects are now flourishing and sustainable. The Board of Sport Ireland places a premium on ensuring everyone has an opportunity to partake in sport no matter what, and the Dormant Accounts Fund is assisting us in realising that ambition.”

As with previous funding announced, today’s investment is closely aligned with the National Physical Activity Plan. A particular emphasis on implementing programmes to promote physical activity, research into pertinent areas of sport and the development of programmes to address transitions and drop out from physical activity